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State roundup for March 11

Oahu inmate, 32, suspected of killing cellmate, 76

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 32-year-old inmate at an Oahu jail has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fight that killed his 76-year-old cellmate.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Sunday that 32-year-old Joseph Tui Jr. assaulted his cellmate at Oahu Community Correctional Center on Saturday afternoon.

Hawaii public safety officials say the cellmate, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital with extensive head injuries and was declared dead about two hours later.

They say Tui was in the jail for a third-degree assault charge, the cellmate for second-degree robbery.

The jail in Honolulu is Hawaii’s largest, with 950 beds for detainees awaiting trials.

2 hurt as girl, 14, runs minivan into power pole

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities say a minivan with a girl too young to drive at the wheel crashed into a utility pole in Honolulu, sending the driver and her passenger to the hospital and knocking out power for more than 2,000 customers.

Emergency services officials tell the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the van knocked the utility pole off its foundation in the Sunday morning crash.

The 14-year-old driver and her 14-year-old passenger were taken to the hospital in serious condition. Their names, and details about their conditions, were not immediately released.

The Hawaiian Electric Co. says the crash caused an outage for about 2,100 customers in Waianae. Most had power restored a few hours later, but about 16 will be without power until the pole is replaced later Sunday.

Barricade situation in Honolulu ends peacefully

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police say a standoff with a distraught man has ended peacefully.

Hawaii News Now reports emergency medical responders called police Saturday morning over the man who had barricaded himself inside a Mililani residence. Honolulu Police Maj. Alexander Ahlo says the man was found passed out and unarmed when officers entered the room where he had holed up. Authorities say talk of weapons and possible threats is what prompted officers to respond.

Ahlo says the man was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Investigators trace fatal fire to wall outlet

HONOLULU (AP) — The fire that killed two people Tuesday in a Waipahu house is being blamed on a malfunctioning electrical wall outlet behind a kitchen refrigerator.

The fire killed 84-year-old Haruki Tokita and his daughter, 55-year-olld Karen Tokita.

Fifty-one-year-old Randy Tokita, a son of the elder Tokita, was taken to a hospital for observation.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the department does not have the resources to analyze what went wrong with the outlet.

He says the electrical malfunction that started the fire was within the outlet and not the refrigerator.

A fire investigator found no smoke alarms in the house.

Seelig says the bodies were found in first-floor rooms where the victims usually slept.


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